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Fred Olsen Cruises

MS Braemar

Your Rating:Two Stars
Reviewed by: Phil Harrison
# previous cruises: 10+
Date of Trip: August 29, 2002
Itinerary: Europe

Cruise line that clearly caters for the older British market,there were quite a number of children on board as it was school holiday time but there are minimal facilities for them.This ship is small by todays standards and if you are not a good sailor don't go on it.The seas were not particularly rough but it "rolled" a great deal.

Public Areas
The public areas are small but comfortable but the decor is very old fashioned.The Neptune lounge was too cluttered for performances.Braemar room is nice for a drink but has a hideous carpet.

Food and Service
Food very good in the restaurant but no flexibility if you didn't fancy anything on the menu.Standard of food very good,but portions rather mean.The restaurant is right at the aft and it shudders quite a lot when we were cruising very slowly 1 night all the plates and cutlery shook enough for some to fall off!

The Palms Cafe is a different story.The food is ok but the staff there are brusque bordering on rude,they cannot wait to get rid of you and will whisk your plate off you often before you are really sure you've finished. Some people went to get extras and found their half eaten food gone!

Cabins ok but quite small little drawer space but reasonable wardrobe space.Was in twin outside cabin on Atlantic Deck.Stewardess was excellent though.

The ship shuddered the whole time we were sailing though and the engines were noisy,we were amidships I would recommend a forward cabin only the shuddering was MUCH worse near the aft of the ship.

Entertainment was not great.Singer well past his sell by date and comedian raised a few smiles but rather old routine.

Ports-Honfleur lovely little French port very quaint. Amsterdam excellent with overnight stay, one gripe though - Fred Olsen charge for coach transfer into the centre but the timetable of every 20 minutes was laughable they don't keep to that at all.

Pool very small more of a puddle.Jacuzzis were nice.Child centre very small bordering on claustrophobic.

Who Goes
Mostly elderly but a good sprinkling of families who were not really catered for.

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